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No Driver’s License? How a DUI Could Impact You

No Driver’s License? How a DUI Could Impact You

If you were just arrested for a DUI and you do not have a driver’s license, you will want to figure out your options quickly. Whether your license was expired or revoked, or you never passed the driving test, follow these steps for help. Get an Attorney Right Away As described below, you could face additional charges and penalties for driving without a license – in addition to your DUI charges. A lawyer can advise you of your options, go to court with you, and potentially negotiate a sentencing deal or dismissal of charges. Before you secure a lawyer, do not talk...

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What Is the Difference Between State and Federal Drug Crimes?

What Is the Difference Between State and Federal Drug Crimes?

When you are going through the criminal justice system for the first time, you may be confused about the difference between state and federal drug crimes. Federal crimes are very different from state crimes for a few reasons. If you are charged with crimes related to drugs, they may be state or federal crimes – or both. Different Crimes, Different Courts When you are charged with violating a state law, you are accused of committing a state crime. People accused of committing state crimes go to state court and talk to a state judge. The same is true for federal law and...

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What Is the Difference Between State and Federal Alcohol Crimes?

What Is the Difference Between State and Federal Alcohol Crimes?

When you are going through the criminal justice system for the first time, you may be confused about the difference between state and federal crimes. Federal crimes are very different from state crimes for a few reasons. If you are charged with crimes related to alcohol, it is most likely that they are state crimes (with some exceptions). Different Crimes, Different Courts When you are charged with violating a state law, you are accused of committing a state crime. When you are charged with violating a federal law, you are accused of committing a federal crime. People accused of committing state crimes...

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Will You Get Kicked Out of College for a Drug or Alcohol Arrest?

Will You Get Kicked Out of College for a Drug or Alcohol Arrest?

You went out with college friends for a night of fun, but you got pulled over and arrested on the way home for DUI. The arrest has left you scared about your future at school – will professors find out? Will you get kicked out? Double Consequences for Many Student DUIs Unfortunately, many college students suffer from double consequences when they get arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. They face not only criminal charges, but also potential discipline at school. Colleges and universities often have codes of conduct that prohibit drinking and driving, drug use, and underage drinking....

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How Do Ignition Interlock Devices Work?

How Do Ignition Interlock Devices Work?

A sentence for driving under the influence may require a driver to use an ignition interlock device. This device is often unfamiliar to people who have never been convicted of a DUI. Before you agree to a plea bargain or begin your sentence, learn what you can expect when using the interlock device. An ignition interlock device resembles a breathalyzer for your car. It has a small tube that you breathe into, connected to an electronic box. When you get the ignition interlock installed, the technician will hook it up to your car’s ignition system. Each time you start the car,...

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Oklahoma Hardship Drivers’ Licenses: What You Need to Know

Oklahoma Hardship Drivers’ Licenses: What You Need to Know

When your driver’s license gets suspended or revoked because of a DUI arrest or another reason, you may have grounds to get a hardship driver’s license. A hardship driver’s license is called a “modified license” or “hardship permit” by the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety. It allows you to drive to and from specified places while your regular driving privileges are still suspended. A hardship permit gives you permission to drive only to a few places. You cannot run errands or go visit relatives unless someone else drives. You can drive to a few places specified on the permit, which could...

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Swallowing the Evidence: How It May Affect Drug Crime Charges

Swallowing the Evidence: How It May Affect Drug Crime Charges

You have seen it on TV or in a movie – someone swallows the key piece of evidence before the police arrive, and he gets off scot-free. Unfortunately, in real life, things rarely work out so smoothly. Swallowing the evidence can get you in more trouble than the drug crime charges you wanted to avoid. It may seem like a good idea to quickly down the drugs just before the police open the door or walk up to your car. Chances are, however, they already have a reason to be talking to you, such as seeing you purchase drugs or noticing...

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Alcohol Ankle Monitors: Are They Legal and How Do They Work?

Alcohol Ankle Monitors: Are They Legal and How Do They Work?

Similar to ignition interlock devices, alcohol ankle monitors help courts keep an eye on people who committed DUIs. You may wonder if they are legal in Oklahoma, and how they work. If an ankle monitor could be part of your DUI sentence, you probably have many questions. Is an alcohol monitoring bracelet legal in Oklahoma? The laws in Oklahoma do not specifically mention alcohol ankle monitors or bracelets. However, use of these devices has become increasingly popular. In the past, the court could order that a person convicted of DUI not consume any alcohol. To enforce the court order, a parole officer...

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Challenging Municipal Court Charges in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Challenging Municipal Court Charges in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Sometimes Oklahomans are charged with drug or driving under the influence crimes in municipal court, instead of state court. Challenging municipal criminal charges can be a little different than state criminal charges. Why Is Municipal Court Different? Municipal court is different mostly because municipal court judges follow different laws than state court judges. Some major cities in Oklahoma have a different set of laws covering violations such as disturbing the peace, drug possession, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or drunk and disorderly. Sometimes the penalties for violating these laws are lighter than in state court. Was I Charged in State...

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Charged with Both DUI and Drug Crimes? What to Expect

Charged with Both DUI and Drug Crimes: What to Expect

If you have been charged with both DUI and drug crimes, you probably are wondering what to expect during your case. When someone has multiple criminal charges against them, fighting the charges can be a little complicated and should be handled by a knowledgeable attorney. Different Defenses for Different Charges People charged with both driving under the influence and drug crimes will need their attorney to develop defenses to all of the charges. In a DUI case, the attorney may focus on the accuracy of the breathalyzer test, among other defenses. In a drug crimes case, the attorney may focus on a...

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